Ask a recruiter which top qualities they seek in interviewees, and culture fit is always in the answer. Research suggests that hiring candidates who fit the work culture of the company leads to reduced costs, increased revenue as well as happy and productive employees.
Job seekers often fail to show the culture fit during an interview. In fact, many don’t even know about this important part of the modern interview format.
But preparing for culture fit is crucial to secure your dream position, especially with a renowned employer.
So prepare answers to the following important culture fit interview questions:
1. Describe your dream job?
2. What excites you to come to work every day?
3. What people most like about you?
4. Tell us about the last good book you read?
5. If you plan to start your own business, what would it be?
6. What the major problems you find in modern workplaces?
7. What do you like the most or least about your previous employer?
8. What type of work culture do you thrive in?
9. When was the last time you made a mistake, and how did you handle that?
10. Are you able to work under tight deadlines?
11. Where do you want to see yourself in the next five years?
12. What five things you believe are important to succeed in this position?
13. What do you do outside office hours?
14. What blogs do you follow regularly?
15. What unique skills and abilities you will bring to our company?
16. What is the meaning of work-life balance for you?
17. How do you handle conflicts between colleagues?
18. What is your preferred relationship with your colleagues?
19. What are the three expectations you might have from your seniors in the organization you work with?
20. How do you keep yourself organized in the workplace?
21. Why do you want to join our company?
22. Would you prefer working individually or in a team?
23. When you work in a team, what role would you like to place?
24. If you were to interview for any other position in the company, what would it be?
25. What are, in your opinion, key things that make employees happy and productive?
26. When did you last take a risk professional in the favor of your company?
27. Explain a time when you exceeded the expectations of your seniors or colleagues.
28. What are the most valuable lessons of your professional career?
The first step to show the cultural fit is to understand the company’s work culture. Go to the company’s website or reach out to some previous or current employees to know what their culture entails before the interview rolls around. The next step is to see how the company's work style, values and officer environment match your own.
Then rehearse answers to the questions listed above. The more you rehearse, the more comfortable you become during the actual interview.
Be honest with your answers! Demonstrate how important work culture is for you. After all, if you would be spending 40+ hours a week at the company, you want to enjoy your time.